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Carrie Fisher, Watson and Some AI Humor from IBM

Carrie Fisher passed away yesterday. We are remembering her here not because she was surrounded by futuristic AI in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 – although that may be a worthy enough reason – but because a more recent brush with real AI. Fisher appeared in early 2016 in a very humorous ad for IBM’s Watson where she leads a support group for struggling AI bots. The name of the ad is “Coping with Humans: a Support Group for Bots.” Kudos to AdAge for reminding everyone about the ad. Fisher, the consummate pro, pulled it off beautifully. She will be missed.